HAMBURG'S UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE
In 2020, the Speicherstadt and the Kontorhaus District with the iconic Chilehaus celebrated 5 years of UNESCO World Heritage – digitally.
After comprehensive consideration of all risks, the German Commission for UNESCO, the Association of World Heritage Sites in Germany and the City of Potsdam decided to cancel this year’s UNESCO World Heritage Day on 7 June 2020 due to the current development of COVID-19.
Nevertheless, we would like to invite you to rediscover Hamburg’s world heritage for yourself.
Explore Hamburg’s World Heritage Sites on your own and also visit the Speicherstadtmuseum, which is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year. The contents of this website will support you even if you cannot come to Hamburg at the moment.
We offer virtual tours and digital content with interesting information on World Heritage, created by local cultural operators.
Under “Exhibition” we have linked virtual and analogue exhibits as well as a gallery with historical photographs in addition to the guided tours. The “Walking Tour” describes a route through the Speicherstadt. And under “Hamburg’s World Heritage” you will find explanations of Hamburg’s history and the various buildings of the World Heritage Site.
VIRTUAL GUIDED TOURS
As travelling in Corona times is difficult, we have set out for you to give you an understanding of our world heritage in various virtual tours. From your sofa, follow our experienced tour guides on the traces of history through Speicherstadt and Kontorhaus District.
The various videos will give you a wonderful impression of the diversity, complexity and attention to detail of Hamburg’s World Heritage Site: the Speicherstadt with its history, the 25th anniversary of the Speicherstadtmuseum, a presentation of all Kontor houses in the Kontorhaus District and an extensive guided tour around, in and even on the Chilehaus.
Accompany Dr. Ralf Lange, art historian and curator of the Speicherstadtmuseum, on an exciting tour through the World Heritage Site and let the experienced tour guide Nicola Janocha introduce you to the secrets of the Chilehaus.
We have put together a big package for you, which will let you immerse yourself in the special features of Hamburg’s UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
A Stroll Through Speicherstadt
The Speicherstadt is a compulsory part of every visit to Hamburg, and not only since UNESCO awarded it the status of World Heritage Site. But it is also a very mundane workplace for many Hamburgers, a destination for excursions and a shopping mile. If you take a little time, you can experience the history of the whole city during a visit.
A tour through the Speicherstadt can be many things: It can be a relaxed stroll. It can be a speedy compulsory programme for cruise tourists or an everyday commute to work. It can reveal how the city understands itself or
The Speicherstadt can only be reached on foot over bridges. From Kontorhaus District, the other half of Hamburg's World Heritage Site, the route leads over Oberbaumbrücke or a little further north over Wandrahmsteg.
A visit to the former Kornhausbrücke customs office is a bittersweet encounter with the history of ingenuity and failure. Many of the 40,000 exhibits found their way into the evidence room and from there into the display cases of the
Wadden Sea Special
Here it is possible in an exemplary way to keep monuments alive and thus make them tangible for posterity. As Senator for Culture, I am very pleased that cultural uses in particular are making an important contribution.
The Speicherstadt and Kontorhaus district document in a unique way the rise of Hamburg to one of the largest and most important seaports in the world. At the same time they symbolize cultural and social identity.
The Chilehaus—the prima donna among the office buildings.
German World Heritage Day
On the initiative of the German Commission for UNESCO and UNESCO World Heritage Sites Germany e.V., a UNESCO World Heritage Day was proclaimed in Germany for the first time on 5 June 2005. Since then, World Heritage Day has taken place every year on the first Sunday in June.
The aim of UNESCO World Heritage Day is to raise public awareness of the German World Heritage Sites not only as sites of particularly careful monument conservation, but also to strengthen their role as mediators of the UNESCO idea. Encounter and cultural dialogue are therefore the thematic priorities of World Heritage Day. The World Heritage Sites, supported by the German Commission for UNESCO and UNESCO World Heritage Sites Germany e.V., present our common heritage.
Above all, World Heritage Day should be a forum for communication and encounter with local people for whom “their World Heritage Site” represents an important cultural and historical reference point. The basic idea is to make World Heritage tangible and to understand one’s own culture as part of a diverse heritage of humanity. Each World Heritage Site is a place on a fascinating map of cultural differences and a place for learning about intercultural understanding.
Children and young people are a special target group. Age-appropriate actions aim to stimulate young people’s interest in cultural heritage and monument conservation. A museum education programme is therefore also part of World Heritage Day.